Kaiser Permanente has temporarily closed its Mill Plain, Orchards and Battle Ground clinics to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients in the Portland metro area. All urgent care services remain open.
Kaiser is consolidating to fewer clinics as some appointments are postponed or shifted to virtual visits, according to a Kaiser press release.
Temporary consolidation will allow Kaiser to conserve personal protective equipment such as masks, guard against staff shortages and limit exposure for staff and patients.
“We are at a critical moment in our fight against COVID-19,” the press release reads. “The situation is rapidly evolving, and we need to do everything we can to keep our members, and our communities as safe as possible.”
On March 16 Kaiser postponed nonurgent surgeries, which Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center have also done. Kaiser has also consolidated dental clinics, and encouraged virtual doctors’ appointments when applicable.
A number of Portland Kaiser clinics have also temporary closed. The Salmon Creek Medical Office, Cascade Park Medical Office and Longview Medical Office are still open for primary care. Cascade Park Dental Office is still open for dental care. The Cascade Park Medical Office and Longview-Kelso Medical Office remain open for urgent care.
Visit Kaiser’s website for more information: healthy.kaiserpermanente.org.